It started by leaving Melksham at 2:30pm and a very pleasant drive to Reading with no hitches. Arrived at 4pm and, this time the doors were already open so we could all sit down out of the chilly air. At 5pm we were called back to the door to get our wrist bands. Much more civilized than previous years even if it wasn't supposed to happen. Wildcat Pete started things off followed by a new band to me, The Sun-Rayz, introduced by Stu, who did a great but short set. They all looked and sounded like seasoned professionals and launched into '30 Days', 'Boppin' The Blues' and a lovely version of 'Green Door'. It's a shame that people were still coming in as I'm sure more people would have appreciated them. They finished up with a couple of Eddie Cochran numbers including 'Somethin' Else' followed by 'Mona Lisa' and encored with 'Please Mama Please'.
Pete Bruce took over and I had a walk round the stalls and chatted to a few old mates until Race With The Devil came on. They did an amazing tribute to Gene Vincent and covered a lot of songs I didn't recognise other than 'Cat Man', 'Ain't She Sweet' and 'Blue Jean Baby'. They also did a blistering version of 'Train Kept A Rollin' as an encore. Very tight band with a superb guitarist. Pete Bruce was back on again and we were all waiting for one of the highlights of the evening, Johnnie Fox & The Hunters. Johnnie has always been a class act and he has a good band behind him. It was nice to see Josh playing the double bass now he's a grown lad. I always knew he was destined to play with a band. We had '40 Days', 'Tennessee Border', 'Okie Boogie' and after 'Wipe Out' and Josh's solo we had the rebel flag waved on stage. Johnnie was dressed as a Southern rebel followed by Pogues whiskey being passed around. I'll have to try that. They finished with 'Wooley Bully' and encored with 'Rockabilly Rebel'. Superb!